We review the new single from Experiment 637 – Too Soon To Call A Search
As far as second singles go, Too Soon To Call A Search is something that’s neither safe, nor typical. Experiment 637 instead plunge deep into a disturbing tune that’s filled with broken beats, odd lyrical cues, and intense soundscapes.
Starting from the top, the listener is greeted with a pleasant acoustic guitar solo that’s very folk rock in its melody and sound. A little understated but very interesting to listen to, and this is enhanced even more when some subtle drum machine beats come in to add a solid texture.
The gentle peacefulness of it is completely broken though when the first verse kicks in. It’s here where Experiment 637 give away the unique sound that, Too Soon To Call A Search is going for. Whilst the clean vocals are typical, the real meat to dig into is how they’re mirrored with whispered, spoken word vocals repeating back the lyrics.
This immediately gives off an uncanny and unsettling vibe, doubling down on the already dark lyrics. It could easily be inferred from the title what territory the listener is entering, but the shock of how dark the verses are with the whispering, intense beats and sounds that explode from the original opening guitar.
The more the song progresses, the more interesting the sounds get, proceeding to huge bombastic epic rock moments after the verses. Ones that are filled with blasting guitars, crunchy drums, and powerful distortion effects.
Following on into the second half, the track keeps this powerful feel and mostly does away with the secondary spoken word lyrics. Surprisingly the song soon comes to a close after this section and just ends quite abruptly, feeling a little like there was some more to go before the tank was empty.
Overall, Too Soon To Call A Search is full of interesting ideas with its unique use of spoken word, dramatic soundscapes, a mixture of varying elements you rarely see together (such as folk and drum machines), and unique overall sound. Despite a reasonable runtime of just under three-and-a-half minutes, it flies by and feels as though it’s gone too soon. It does feel as though some sections of the song could have been fleshed out or left to sit a little longer. In particular, the opening guitar solo feels like it was very under-utilised and could have easily been reused as a nice outro to bookend the track a little more smoothly.
As far as sophomore efforts go though, Experiment 637 has a very unique sound and is certainly on the right track to forging its own very unique sound.